The International Cyanide Management Institute (ICMI) announced today that Equinox Gold’s Fazenda Mine, located in Brazil, has been certified in full compliance with the International Cyanide Management Code (Cyanide Code).
ICMI has received and accepted a Detailed Audit Findings Report prepared by an independent professional third-party auditor who evaluated the Fazenda Mine against ICMI’s Verification Protocol and found it in full compliance with the Cyanide Code’s Principles and Standards of Practice. The Summary Audit Report and Auditor Credentials Form are available on Equinox Gold’s Signatory Page on the Cyanide Code website: https://www.cyanidecode.org/signatory-company-categories/equinox-gold-corp-canada. The Fazenda mine was previously certified in April 2012 and in May 2015 while owned by Yamana Gold.
The Cyanide Code is amongst the most established certification programs in the mining sector. This voluntary industry program is focused on the safe management of cyanide by companies producing gold and/or silver and by companies producing and transporting cyanide. It was developed under the aegis of the United Nations Environment Programme by a multi-stakeholder Steering Committee. The Cyanide Code is intended to promote and help ensure the safe and environmentally responsible management of cyanide used within the gold and silver mining industries. Operations are assessed for compliance triennially by qualified, independent auditors.
ICMI has been established to administer the Cyanide Code, promote its adoption, evaluate its implementation, and manage the certification process for operations using, producing and transporting cyanide. A detailed list of the operations covered by signatory companies' applications, along with the full text of the Cyanide Code and its implementing and administrative documents, are available at www.cyanidecode.org. We invite you to read our 2019 Annual Report, which can be viewed here.